NTT DoCoMo phone: you're hungry, but don't eat yet

At Ceatec, Japan's largest carrier shows technology to expand the role of phones in everyday life

"Your hunger level is 60%. Refrain from snacking even if you are hungry."

So reads the display on the Toshiba Regza phone on display at NTT DoCoMo's booth at the Ceatec electronics show this week in Japan. And it has a point. It's been a few hours since breakfast and I could definitely go for a quick ramen, but probably should wait until lunch.

A Bluetooth-enabled breathalyzer has analyzed my breath for acetone, which the body produces when body fat is consumed. If acetone levels are low, the theory is that the body is running on sugar and carbohydrates, and hasn't started burning fat yet.

Ceatec attendees line up to breath a few times into the breathalyzer devices, and few seconds later a nearby phone lights up with their numbers. The readings seem rough at best -- one healthy-looking man came up 150 percent hungry and several others all came up exactly 36 percent. The product has no firm launch date.

The research is part of DoCoMo's ongoing push to expand the role of mobile phones in everyday life. The country's largest carrier, it runs nearly half the handsets in Japan.

Also on display were a set of swappable cases that add various sensors to a phone, including a radiation detector and a bad breath analyzer.

The carrier also touted a high-speed charging service for its smartphones, that is under development. External battery cases made for NEC Medias smartphones could be fully charged in just 10 minutes, then provided another 50 percent to the phone's original battery.

The batteries are based on lithium-titanate technology, which is quick-charging but can have lower capacity than the traditional lithium-ion batteries used in mobile phones.

DoCoMo hopes to eventually build external batteries that work with a wide range of phones, then set up quick-charging stations at convenience stores and other locations.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags mobileconsumer electronicsCEATECNTT DoCoMo

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jay Alabaster

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?